We are big believers in prevention being much less costly than the cure when it comes to technology. Here are five common things that can turn into emergencies for your business but are pretty easily avoided.
You may have heard about the Petya Ransomware attack that is currently affecting computer users worldwide, hitting at least 65 counties, according to NPR. You can read more about the Petya outbreak at HealthITSecurity, the patched security flaw that is being exploited, the government's CERT alert and the most tragic news: a Cadbury chocolate factory was shut down because of it.
As a Weston CompleteCare client, you have multiple layers of protection in-place to help prevent these types of things from bringing down your environment. These may include:
All that being said, this is yet another reminder to be extremely vigilant about what links you click on and what emails you open. Even if you get an email and attachment from someone that you know, if you were not expecting it, contact that person and make sure it was sent by them. Also avoid browsing to sites you don't recognize or follow links that are unfamiliar.
If you have any questions or are interested in hearing about how CompleteCare can help protect your business, don't hesitate to contact us.
You may have heard about the WannaCry ransomware attack that affected computer users worldwide (see this BBC story for the full details along with some technical details at Bleeping Computer). If Weston patches your Windows systems as part of our CompleteCare or other managed patching services, we applied a Microsoft patch to your covered machines back in mid-March that will help protect your computer from this particular ransomware (we also forced the install of the patch recently for machines that hadn’t been online for a while). However, this is yet another reminder to be extremely vigilant about what links you click on and what emails you open. Backups and business continuity planning are also critical if you are infected (read our recent whitepaper for more information on the Business Guide to Ransomware).
Even if you get an email and attachment from someone that you know, if you were not expecting it, contact that person and make sure it was sent by them. Many of these attacks utilize software that will attempt to impersonate an email user and send an email to everyone in their contact list.
If you are a HIPAA-regulated environment (or even if you're not), we recommend reading our blog article on ransomware and HIPAA and the various ways you can help protect yourself.
Backups are still the best way to protect yourself. If you do manage to get encrypted with early variants of WannaCry, don’t reboot your computer as the recently-released Wannakey tool might be able to get the encryption keys. The early versions of the malware were poorly written and had a kill switch that slowed things down from becoming a lot worse than it was (new variants have since fixed those flaws).
It's a brave new world out there, stay vigilant.
-- Your Weston Support Team
March 31 is World Backup Day. It’s a day where you commit to making sure you are running backups. At Weston, we believe backups are great. We also believe that having properly tested and monitored backups is even better. And for your business, we believe that a business continuity plan is vitally important.
A hospital in the UK was hit with ransomware and had to cancel surgeries and operations . Could your business survive if a major part of it was shut down for five days unexpectedly? There are solutions. While ransomware prevention is the ideal primary goal, getting back up and running quickly is paramount to long-term financial stability. Having a good business continuity plan is critical and we encourage you to read our whitepaper on healthcare business continuity.